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By Fr. Wilson (articles ) | Aug 09, 2003

An evil consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.

"Exactly how this will play out in church situations is unclear, judging from a press conference Wednesday in Minneapolis. There, Wendy Griffith, a reporter with the Christian Broadcasting Network, asked presiding Episcopal Bishop Frank Griswold about Bishop-elect V. Gene Robinson, who was confirmed Tuesday as the first openly homosexual Episcopal bishop. He is divorced and lives with his male partner. If, the reporter asked, a divorced male bishop could live with a man to whom he was not married, what about a divorced heterosexual male bishop living with a female lover? "Or," she added, "is being outside marriage only OK if you are gay?" "The Episcopal Church honors holy matrimony," Bishop Griswold said, "and certainly if a male were elected bishop and was living with a woman without benefit of clergy, that would be a significant problem." "So there's a double standard, then?" Miss Griffith asked, at which point church spokesman Jim Solheim abruptly ended the press conference."

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  • Posted by: Sterling - Aug. 09, 2003 2:38 PM ET USA

    This consistency is indeed "evil." However, as you probably know, the quote is "A FOOLISH" consistency is the hobgoblin, etc." May I add that the quote as you wrote it is far better than the usual misquote: "Consistency is the hobgoblin ..." At any rate, the people who elected this guy are the "hobgoblins."